Deputy Director of the Institute for African Studies, Leading Research Fellow of the Centre for Global and Strategic Studies.

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ResearcherID: M-9498-2013
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ORCID: 0000-0003-4018-9832

Research Interests:
Central place theory
Economic landscape theory
Spatial Expansion of Christianity in Africa
Human Geography of Africa

30/1 Spiridonovka St.; 123001 Moscow; Russia
Phone: +7 (495) 695-66-50

2009 – Faculty of Geography, Moscow Pedagogical State University
2012 – Ph.D. in Geography from Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia
2022 - D.Sc. in Geography from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Foreign Languages: English

Membership in Scientific Societies and Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals:
• member of the Russian Geographical Society
• member of the Russian Political Science Association
• member of the editorial boards of Scientific Journals "Christianity in the Middle East" (Russia) and "Jurnal Geografi" (Indonesia)

Membership in Dissertation Councils, Expert Activities:
• member of the Ph.D. and Dr.Habil. (World Economy) Dissertation Council of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
• member of the expert commission for awarding medals of the Russian Academy of Sciences for young scientists and students
• expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Awards and prizes:
2022 – Award named after An. A. Gromyko for the monograph "Africa: Sanctions, Elites and Sovereign Development" (as part of the team of authors; Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Russian)
2019 - medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for young scientists of Russia in the field of world economy and international relations for the series of works "Endogenous Determinants of India's Participation in the New Economic Model of the World"

Main Research Publications:
Author and co-author of more than 160 scientific and educational works, including:

Africa: Sanctions, Elites and Sovereign Development. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2021. 368 p. (with Leonid Fituni, Ivan Zakharov, Anna Sharova, and Kirill Aleshin).
Transformations of the Global Confessional Geospace: The Phenomenon of Parallel Societies in the System of International Political Relations. Saint-Petersburg: Vladimir Dal, 2021. 549 p. (with Larisa Andreeva, Stanislav Gorokhov, Ivan Zakharov, Elena Miroshnikova, Tatyana Pronina, Igor Sledzevskiy, Mikhail Smirnov, and Ekaterina Talalaeva).
On the Way to the Chinese World. Moscow: Moscow State University Press, 2018. 352 p. (co-authored)
Urban and Economy Skeleton of Modern India. M.: MAKS Press, 2014. 156 p. [+ 8 р.]
Regulation of the Labor Market: Economic Activity of Women in APEC Countries and in Russia. Saint-Petersburg: Nestor-Istoria, 2013. 144 p. (with Maria Baskakova, Elena Ballaeva, Boris Denisov, Elena Kubisihina, Valery Elizarov, Vadim Sakevich, Irina Soboleva, Anna Shemirzova)

Selected Articles, 2019-2023:
• Spatial Transformation of the Migration System During the Crisis // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Earth Sciences. 2023. Vol. 68, no. 1 (with Maksim Agafoshin and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Migrant Crisis in the East Africa Region // Vostok (Oriens). 2023. No. 1. P. 50-62 (with Stanislav Gorokhov and Maksim Agafoshin). (
• Christianity, Islam and Traditional Religions: Cyclical Interaction in Africa // Vestnik Tomskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta – Tomsk State University Journal. 2023. No. 486. P. 124-136 (with Stanislav Gorokhov and Ivan Zakharov). (
• Central Place Theory: Stages of Development and New Challenges // Proceedings of Voronezh State University. Series: Geography. Geoecology. 2023. No. 1. P. 35-43 (with Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Axiomatic Foundation of Central Place Theory: Revision from the Standpoint of the Russian School // Regional Research of Russia. 2023. Vol. 13, no. 4. P. 751-757 (with Vyacheslav Shuper). (
• Intermittent Development of Central Place Systems: The Dynamics of Unification and Breakup // R-Economy. 2023. Vol. 9, no. 2. P. 140-154 (with Stanislav Gorokhov and Maksim Agafoshin). (
• Refugees from Syria and Iraq in Sweden: Resettlement During the Migration Crisis. // Baltic Region. 2022. Vol. 14. No. 4. P. 98-112. (with Maksim Agafoshin and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Historical Geography of Catholicism in China in the 14th – First Half of the 20th Centuries. // Perm University Herald. History. 2022. Vol. 57 No. 2. P. 143-153. (with Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Catholicism in the Religious Landscape of Greater China: Spatial Aspect. // Gosudarstvo, religiia, tserkov’ v Rossii i za rubezhom. 2022. Vol. 40. No. 2. P. 63–83. (with Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Religion and the State: Types of Relations in the Religious Market. // The Journal of Political Theory, Political Philosophy and Sociology of Politics Politeia. 2022. No. 3. P. 65-79. (with Maksim Agafoshin and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Vatican in modern Africa (on the 50th anniversary of the pope Paul VI’s pilgrimage to Uganda). // Tomsk State University Journal of History. 2022. No. 76. P. 38-46. (with Ivan Zakharov and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Formation of the settlement hierarchy: Zipf ’s law vs Central place theory. // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Earth Sciences. 2022. Vol. 67. No. 2. P. 318–332. (
• Central Place Systems: Early Stages of the Continual Development. // Spatial Economics. 2022. Vol. 18. No. 2. P. 165-175. (with Stanislav Gorokhov) (
• The Evolution of Settlement Systems in Classic Central Place Theory. // Izvestiya RAN (Akad. Nauk SSSR). Seriya Geograficheskaya. 2021. Vol. 85. No. 2. P. 165-175. (
• Communal Conflicts in the Context of the Religious Landscape Transformation (Case Study of Nigeria). // Moscow University Bulletin. Series 5, Geography. - Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seria 5, Geografia. 2021. No. 5. P. 149-160. (with Ivan Zakharov). (
• Somalis in Sweden: Regional Dimension. // Contemporary Europe - Sovremennaya Evropa. 2020. No. 7. P. 132-143. (with Maksim Agafoshin and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• The role of the religious factor in the formation of conflict zones in Africa. // Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Earth Sciences. 2020. Vol. 65. No. 4. P. 640-653. (with Ivan Zakharov and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Transformation of African Religious Landscape in the 20th and Beginning of the 21st Century. // Izvestiya RAN (Akad. Nauk SSSR). Seriya Geograficheskaya. 2020. Vol. 84. No. 3. P. 359-368. (with Ivan Zakharov and Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Global Missionary Activities of Christian Churches in the 20th and 21st Centuries: The Spatial Aspect. // Tomsk State University Journal of History. 2019. No. 446. P. 111-117. (with Stanislav Gorokhov). (
• Is the Share of a Central Place in the Population of the Area, Served by This Central Place, a Constant for All Levels of the Christaller’s Hierarchy? // Izvestiya RAN (Akad. Nauk SSSR). Seriya Geograficheskaya. 2019. No. 1. P. 128-135. (
• Geostrategic Competition of Non-State Actors in Africa: the Roman Catholic Church in the Fight for the «Continent of Hope». // Journal of the Institute for African studies. 2019. No. 4. P. 70-81. (with Stanislav Gorokhov). (

Experience in Managing Research Projects and Participation in them:
• Russian Science Foundation: project 22-18-00123 “Cross-border population movements: limitations and prospects of international regulation in the context of the migration crisis” (executor, 2022-2024).
• Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, grant for conducting large scientific projects in priority areas of scientific and technological development: project 075-15-2020-783 "Post-crisis world order: challenges and technologies, competition and cooperation" (main contributor, 2020-2024).
• Russian Science Foundation: project 19-18-00054 "Transformations of the global confessional geospace: the phenomenon of "parallel" societies in the system of international political relations" (main contributor, 2019-2023).
• Russian Foundation for Basic Research: project 19-014-00019 “Sanction and regulatory targeting of national elites as a tool for global governance and international competition” (executor, 2021).
• Russian Science Foundation: project 17-78-10166 "Migration from Asia and Africa as a factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS in Russia: current state, regulatory mechanisms, development prospects" (head, 2017-2019).
• Russian Foundation for Basic Research: project 15-06-04731 "Social and economic consequences of possible scenarios for the demographic development of Russia (at the federal and regional levels)" (executor, 2015-2017).
• Russian Foundation for Basic Research: project 15-06-09027 “Causes and consequences of differentiation in the demographic development of Russian regions and the possibility of its reduction” (executor, 2015-2017).
• Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation: project 15-02-00599 "Demographic development of the post-Soviet space" (executor, 2015-2017).
• Scientific Potential Foundation: project “Using the potential of urbanization to stimulate the socio-economic development of the BRICS countries: the experience of India, the problems of Russia” (head, 2013).
• Regional Public Foundation for the Promotion of National Science: the project "Formation of settlement systems for countries with incomplete demographic transition (on the example of India)" (leader, 2011)